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Reviewers: Tony Augarde [Editor], Don Mather, Dick Stafford, John Eyles, Robert Gibson, Ian Lace, Colin Clarke, Jack Ashby


With Royce Campbell

Brik Productions SN111160P

1. Someone for Me
2. I Feel Like We Have Met Before
3. We Were Simply Meant to Be
4. Am I Dreaming
5. You Are
6. I’m On a Cloud
7. Since That Day
8. Be My Valentine
9. It’s Not the Same Without You
10. Since You Went Away
11. Many Loves Ago

Paulien – Vocals

Royce Campbell – Guitar

Tony Nalker – Piano

Tom Baldwin – Bass

Tony Martucci – Drums 

Words & Music by Royce Campbell 

Everything about this album smacks of professionalism: a nice cover picture and some useful information about the tunes, the singer and the musicians. Just one minor blemish: it’s very difficult to read the tune titles printed in red against a black background on the back cover and they are not printed elsewhere. 

The music is very interesting however. This is an album of very pleasant love songs written by guitarist Royce Campbell and well delivered by singer Paulien. She is not a jazz singer in the classic style, but she delivers a song with accuracy, simplicity, good intonation and great diction. The backing group are very good, providing just the right kind of accompaniment, with some very attractive solos from Tony Nalker and Royce Campbell.  

In the sleeve note, Royce Campbell mentions that George and Ira Gershwin preferred Fred Astaire to be the singer who introduced their songs to the public, because he sang the song in the way they had intended it to be sung when they wrote it. Paulien is probably Royce Campbell’s Fred Astaire! The songs are certainly worthy of inclusion in the library of other singers and the quartet is well worthy of its task as an accompanying group. 

Don Mather





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